Articles | Volume 18, issue 24
Biogeosciences, 18, 6423–6434, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-6423-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 6423–6434, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-6423-2021

Research article 15 Dec 2021

Research article | 15 Dec 2021

Biophysical controls on seasonal changes in the structure, growth, and grazing of the size-fractionated phytoplankton community in the northern South China Sea

Yuan Dong et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2021-226', Anonymous Referee #1, 07 Sep 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Qian Li, 21 Oct 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2021-226', Anonymous Referee #2, 02 Oct 2021
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Qian Li, 21 Oct 2021
  • RC3: 'Comment on bg-2021-226', Anonymous Referee #3, 11 Oct 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC3', Qian Li, 21 Oct 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (28 Oct 2021) by Koji Suzuki
AR by Qian Li on behalf of the Authors (01 Nov 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (02 Nov 2021) by Koji Suzuki
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (02 Nov 2021)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (03 Nov 2021)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (16 Nov 2021) by Koji Suzuki
AR by Qian Li on behalf of the Authors (16 Nov 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (17 Nov 2021) by Koji Suzuki
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Short summary
Temporal change of plankton growth and grazing are less known in the coastal ocean, not to mention the relevant controlling mechanisms. Here, we performed monthly size-specific dilution experiments outside a eutrophic estuary over a 1-year cycle. Phytoplankton growth was correlated to nutrients and grazing mortality to total chlorophyll a. A selective grazing on small cells may be important for maintaining high abundance of large-chain-forming diatoms in this eutrophic system.
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